Stuff Their Stockings: 20+ Easy Handmade Holiday Gifts

The gift-giving season is almost upon us! Get crafting now to whip up one or more of these small handmade gifts that are the right size to stuff in a stocking or give to your coworkers, friends or kids' teachers.

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Photo By: Marian Parsons

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Photo By: H. Camille Smith

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Photo By: Lara Robby (Crafting Kylie Fife)

Photo By: Lara Robby (Crafting Kylie Fife)

Upgrade a Basic Scarf

Everyone loves receiving a snuggly scarf during the holidays; they're a great small gift for friends, coworkers and family. Our how-to shares how to easily give an ordinary scarf an extraordinary makeover by adding their initials or a fun phrase with buttons.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Personalized Button-Embellished Scarf

Delight Their Senses

Using just a few fresh ingredients, you can create a flavorful citrus-infused salt to give as a gift to your favorite foodie or holiday hostess. Or, keep the savory seasoning to kick up your own culinary game.

Get the Recipe: How to Make Lemon-Thyme Salt

Upcycle Closet Castoffs

Cover bangle bracelets in fabric from an old flannel shirt or pj bottoms to create fashion-forward jewelry that makes a thoughtful handmade gift.

Get the How-To: How to Craft Trendy Flannel Cuff Bracelets

Go Au Naturel

Dyeing fabrics with indigo is an age-old technique that has never gone out of style. (And for good reason!) Use this natural dye to transform a simple white linen scarf to make a gift that's both timeless and on trend.

Get the How-To: Make a Beautiful Shibori-Style Scarf Using Natural Indigo Dye

Put the Stars in Their Pocket

Our how-to instructions below will make it easy to customize a plain pocket notepad with the recipient's star sign using scrapbooking mini brads and simple embroidery.

Get the How-To: Make Your Own Embroidered Constellation Notebook

Make Your Mark With a Monogram

Monogrammed items are always in style — so is cross-stitch; this easy needle art has made a major comeback thanks the popularity of antique and vintage items. Our how-to instructions below make it easy to personalize a linen tea towel with their initial for a charming handmade gift.

Get the How-To: Easily Cross Stitch a Monogrammed Tea Towel

Stamped Clay Bracelet

Jewelry makes a great special occasion gift, but it's even more memorable when it's made by hand. For a handmade gift they'll love wearing, shape air-dry clay into a customized bracelet with limitless creative possibilities.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Stamped Clay Bracelet

Upcycle Scrap Leather Into an Accessory

With just a little creativity, you can turn a scrap piece of leather into a fashion-forward pin or hair clip that makes a sweet handmade gift you can give any time of year.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Leather Flower Pin or Clip

Make Personalized Magnets on the Cheap

Basic craft supplies are all you need to turn glass gems (found in the floral supply area of your local craft store) and photos into customized magnets that put their favorite memories on display.

Get the How-To: DIY Stocking Stuffer: Make Easy, Personalized Magnets for Everyone on Your List

Custom Leather Keychains

In just 4 steps, you can turn untanned leather into a personalized keychain that drivers new and old are sure to love.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Personalized Leather Key Chain

DIY Herbal Lotion Bars

Put fresh herbs to work to create lotion bars that smell amazing and are a real treat for dry winter hands.

Get the How-To: DIY Herbal Lotion Bars

Repurpose a Shrunken Sweater

Let's face it: We've all accidentally shrunk at least one wool or cashmere sweater. It's a painful learning experience: wool + hot water + agitation = a felted sweater that, on the down-side, is now too small to wear but, on the plus-side, felted fibers don't fray when cut. So, turn those felted gems into a clever way to package jar candles by sliding a candle into one of the sweater's felted sleeves then marking how much you need and cutting it off. Embellish with a coordinating ribbon, bell or ornament and your gift is complete.

Give an Old Locket New Usefulness

Lip balm is a necessity for many of us during winter's coldest months. Ensure they'll always have a handy supply with this clever how-to that shows you how to fill an old locket with a custom-mixed blend of ingredients that'll keep cracked lips at bay.

Get the How-To: DIY Stocking Stuffer: Make These Lip Balm Lockets in Just 15 Minutes

A New Use for Instagram Pics

In just a few steps you can easily pull their favorite memories out of a photo app and onto a colorful coaster to liven up their desk or coffee table.

Get the How-To: DIY Gift: Photo Coasters

Fill a Vintage Tin With Homemade Treats

Small vintage tins filled with sweet or savory treats are always a welcome gift. After all, who doesn't love homemade goodies?!

See More Photos: 15 Vintage Holiday Gift Ideas

Creatively Frame Their Memories

A small framed photo makes a thoughtful gift for most folks on your list and is a sentimental stocking stuffer. Our friends at HGTV Magazine share tips for making these crafty frames plus 5 more small handmade gifts below.

Get the How-To: 6 Easy DIY Gifts

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Help coworkers, friends and family shake off winter's chill with a pretty canister filled with a custom mix of dry hot cocoa ingredients, like instant coffee, cocoa powder, sugar and cinnamon. Add a small wooden scoop so your gift recipients can help themselves to a hot cuppa anytime. 

Get Crafty With Crayons

Delight the little artists on your gift list with these homemade and personalized art supplies. Our friends at HGTV Magazine share tips for making these cute crayons plus 5 more small handmade gifts below.

Get the How-To: 6 Easy DIY Gifts

Have Fun With Felt

A little creativity, Velcro and iron-on adhesive tape (or felt glue) are all you need to turn budget-friendly felt into a clever gift for all the coffee-lovers on your list.

Get the How-To: 8 Easy Handmade Holiday Gifts for Hosts

Make a Luggage Tag for Your Globetrotter

If someone on your gift list is always on the go, follow the how-to instructions from HGTV Magazine to craft a global-themed luggage tag that they'll be sure to love.

Get the How-To: DIY Gift: Map Luggage Tags

Craft Holiday-Themed Mini Candles

Put pretty cookie cutters to work to easily make scented or unscented holiday candles that are just the right size to slip into a stocking or hand out to teachers or neighbors. To make them, hit your local craft store for colorful candle wax, melt it, following manufacturer's instructions, then pour into cookie cutters. 

Knot One On

HGTV Magazine's how-to instructions below make it easy to turn craft store supplies into a fashion-forward accessory.

Get the How-To: DIY Gift: Rope Bracelets

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